Which Narrative Do We Choose?

"Signs of Life" by Christie

Following up on yesterday’s post about the theme of exile at the NEXT Church National Gathering, here are some further thoughts about the biblical narratives we use to help us understand our situation and tell our stories. There are essentially three sweeping narratives in the Bible, all three of which are variations of the same […]

Struggling with Exile at #NEXTChurch2014

My notes from Tuesday morning at NEXT 2014

The two and a half days I spent at the 2014 NEXT Church National Gathering were refreshing and inspiring. I want to make a few general comments about the conference before diving into the theme that I wrestled with the most. I’ve now been to all of the NEXT national gatherings except last year (including […]

What’s Next for Youth Ministry?

NEXT Church 2014

This month I’ll be curating a conversation on youth ministry over on the NEXT Church blog. My introductory post went up today and here is a sample: Long gone are the days of thinking about youth ministry as “passing on the faith” to emerging generations. The last thing we want to do is simply replicate […]

Our Preferred Connectionalism

Image by Paul Irish

This week I have written a few posts about connectionalism and reform in the Presbyterian Church (USA). If I were to summarize the basic idea I’ve been working on, it is this: a kind of relational networking—as opposed to existing forms of regulated and structured Presbyterianism—is emerging as the preferred form of connectionalism among many […]

What’s NEXT and What’s Emerging in the PC(USA)?

Photo by Tracy Elizabeth

For a variety of reasons, I couldn’t attend the NEXT Church national gathering last week. But I was able to watch some of it on the live stream and will catch up on some other highlights once they post videos. I’ve also read several blog posts about it and have talked with some friends who […]